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OUYA | Does The Console Revolution Start Here?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Android, Ed Fries, F2P, Games consoles, Kickstarter, Ouya, Why not?, Yves Behar

OUYA | Does The Console Revolution Start Here?

Oh yeah! Owyah! Ooh err, missus. I'm still not entirely sure how to pronounce it - wait, it's "OOO-yah" - but there's a new console on the block. Julie Uhrman, Yves Behar, Muffi Ghadiali and Ed Fries have loosed the OUYA on an unsuspecting world, and it doesn't play by any of the rules.

It's cheap: so affordable that a console will cost less than a boxed game special edition. All of its games will be free in some capacity, whether freemium or providing a substantial free trial. It's targeting the living room while AAA publishers scramble to jump ship from their "burning platforms," fleeing out of the lounge into the mobile space. It's designed to be easy to hack and homebrew, a fully-open device surrounded by closed ecosystems. Even its genesis, buoyed up from the beginning by a phenomenally successful Kickstarter campaign, is so recklessly avant-garde that other platform holders must be green with envy. The OUYA plans to turn console gaming on its head, willing to face up to the big boys and do its own totally unexpected thing.

Indeed, the OUYA is an unprecedented and wildly exciting beast, but it comes with a unique set of potential problems and pitfalls along with a huge amount of barely-constrained potential. To this end, we're going to explore what the OUYA could mean for gaming, and discover why the only question facing Uhrman's new platform is: "why not?"

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Ouya "Built To Be Hacked" Android Console Hits Kickstarter

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Android, Ed Fries, F2P, Free to play, Games consoles, Ouya, Yves Behar

Ouya "Built To Be Hacked" Android Console Hits Kickstarter

"It's Time To Upend Console Gaming"

Are you excited about the "hackable" $99 Ouya console that promises to deliver free games through its Android-based OS? If so, you may have to prove it. Yves Behar, Muffi Ghadiali and Ed Fries have started a Kickstarter campaign to crowd fund the early development costs, seeking $950,000 over the next month.

The Ouya plans to "upend" traditional gaming by offering a cheap living room console that teems with free and cheap titles, and thanks to its "easy to root" Android software, will act as its own dev kit. As such, it could potentially become a springboard for innovative indie titles and hardware hackers who can design their own peripherals. More details on the Kickstarter page, new trailer and hardware details below.

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"Built To Be Hacked" Android Console In Development

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Android, Ed Fries, F2P, Free to play, Games consoles, Ouya, Yves Behar

"Built To Be Hacked" Android Console In Development

Like the idea of an open-platform console in your living room that costs $99, is designed to be "hackable", and boasts a library of games that will cost nothing to play?

Well you may be in luck. A report has emerged that outs an Android-based console being designed by Yves Behar, the man behind Jawbone Jambox and One Laptop Per Child.

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